How to Tell Your Loved One That You Have an Addiction

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It is also the very first step to recovery that shows you have overcome denial

Telling your loved ones about your addiction can be really difficult after you have hurt them with your behavior that was, unknowingly to them, caused by your addiction.

It will surely help you to move forward, however, to the road to recovery. Here are some steps that may help you to undergo this challenge.

Choosing the right time and place

Evidently, you can’t just blurt about your addiction anytime or anywhere to your loved ones, it will mess up the situation and make it harder for you to explain and for them to understand. You have to select a suitable time and place for it to happen so that you can go through it without any interruption. It does not mean to delay or hold it back for a long time though.

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Be composed

There is no doubt you might have done many horrible deeds during your addiction and for that reason you now feel it is really difficult to face your loved ones. Showing your struggle will only be a hindrance to the task. Therefore, being composed, calm and collected will help you better to explain your addiction from the very beginning, how it started and what lead you to it. There is no need to rush things in fear of negative reaction; it will only tangle the situation. Be composed while telling about your addiction.

Be prepared for the outcome

It is very understandable that the news of your addiction can be really heartbreaking to your family and friends. They may feel too hurt, disappointed or angry after hearing it, so be prepared for the outcome by following some guidance:

  •      Avoid arguments with them
  •      Don’t try very hard to convince them
  •      Acknowledge their feedback, but focus on your goal to move forward.

Be honest

You have to be fully honest while telling your loved ones that you have an addiction. Tell them how it started, how you felt and now you want to stop but you need help. In the beginning, they might be upset with you but eventually, they will understand and help you find treatment for it.

Get help from counseling

You want to tell your loved ones that you have an addiction, but maybe you can’t get yourself ready for the difficult challenge. That is where counseling helps you to overcome the fear and difficulty to initiate the talk with your loved ones about your addiction.

It prepares you for the talk you would be having about you having an addiction and how you got into it. It is nice to have communication with someone on a personal and confidential level that can help lessen the embarrassment.

The most important part of the conversation with your loved ones is to express regret for your actions under the influence of addiction. You need to explain to them that you are ready to enter into an addiction treatment and you will do anything to get your life back on track.

Your friends and family may be still upset about the things you have done during your addiction, but they will always love you and want to see you recover. You just have to give them time to understand it and distance, if needed. Once you have told them about it, you will feel like a huge burden is lifted off your shoulders.

Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?

One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.

But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.

If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from addiction, then Take the test and find out.


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